Surprisingly, Scott Crothers did not begin his creative efforts with music, but in the realm of Art.
From a very early age, Scott experienced the need to create. Beginning with the encouragement of his father, who sat him on his lap and drew pictures with him, Scott knew well of the inner creativity that was to fill his life with lasting joy. Yet while studying Art throughout his school years, he discovered a growing interest in music. His evolving experiences would inspire a strong need in him to explore his talents not only in the Visual Arts, but also within the auditory world of sound.
After a brief involvement with the Trombone, Scott took up the Bass Guitar. He then progressed to the 6-string Guitar while studying Music Notation and Theory, and despite the draw upon contemporary youth to gravitate toward Rock music, Scott had discovered Jazz and Classical Guitar to have had a profound effect on his future musical taste.
Several years of Classical Guitar studies followed, after which time he honed his skills performing live popular music. However, he had always maintained his interest in "Art Music," as opposed to the more prevalent mainstream forms most people are accustomed to hearing in their day-to-day travels.
Shortly thereafter, he was influenced by the Roots music that was currently undergoing a resurgence among the music scene. The Rockabilly of the mid 1950s and vintage Country music was then explored with the acquisition of an Upright Bass Viol. Unfortunately, the rigorous "slap style" Scott enjoyed had induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and redirected his attentions back to the "Art Music" he already loved.
Studio and audio recording equipment, the purchase of Keyboards, Drums, Congas, a Djembe and numerous other percussion instruments kept Scott increasingly busy, not to mention the benefits of technology, digital software and modern computers. All of this allowed him to compose and arrange the music he felt inside of him just waiting to emerge. To add, the worldwide exposure offered by the Internet gave Scott the opportunity to share his music with a much wider audience.
The addition of many instruments; a Violin, a Viola, a 6-string Banjo and a Balalaika would keep the musical ideas flowing as improvements in his expertise, both musical and technical, allowed him to access the sound banks of real orchestral and world instrumentation. The musical notation he composed and arranged now had a better route to accomplish his desired goals.
He is still interested in, and occasionally does write music for Roots, Country, Rock and other more popular genres, but it is his mission to compose primarily within the "Art Music" category. His work within Quarter-tone and Microtonal composition is exploring new possibilities. He is additionally composing works for Symphonic instrumentation, either by themselves or as a fusion with other World instruments.
Crothers has also been involved for several years in videography, not only to enhance the experience of his music, but as an art form in itself. Examples of this are visible on the pages of this site. Much of his video work can be accessed on YouTube under the persona known as "Diesel Bodine." These diverse videos include various cover tunes, Jazz standards, Country and Rock tunes, a few Guitar Lessons as well as a variety of other entertaining themes.
The Downloads page of this web site offers purchasable musical works in MP3 form for those who enjoy Scott's creations and wish to own a copy. All files are Copyright protected by the artist in perpetuity.
Within his repertoire of musical knowledge, a significant list of his favorite composers and their music would include the Medićval Period: mostly the uptempo tunes with all the cool sounding instruments, but he like the Chants, too; the Renaissance Period: John Dowland and the Lute and Viol music of various composers, etc.; the Baroque Period: J.S. Bach, Francesco Geminiani, Pietro Antonio Locatelli, Giuseppe Tartini, Jan Dismas Zelenka, and others.
The Classical Period: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Niccolň Paganini, and others; the Romantic Period: Alexander Glazunov, Camille Saint-Saëns, more; the Modern Period: Bela Bartók, Alban Berg, Leonard Bernstein, Alois Hába, Paul Hindemith, Charles Ives, Fritz Kreisler, György Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, Olivier Messiaen, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ottorino Respighi, Arnold Schönberg, Alexander Scriabin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jean Sibelius, John Philip Sousa, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Anton Webern, Ivan Wyschnegradsky, and others.
Jazz: Jimmy Bruno, Kenny Burrell, Nat King Cole Trio, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Tal Farlow, Benny Goodman Peggy Lee, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Moore, Charlie Parker, Sun Ra, Django Reinhardt, René Thomas, Sarah Vaughan, and others.
Rock/R'n'B: The Beatles, The Grass Roots, Led Zeppelin, The Monks, The Turtles, Vanilla Fudge, Yes, Motown, Rockabilly, many others.
Country: BR5-49, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Sr., Faron Young, and others; various World Music and Miscellaneous: Juan Garcia Esquivel, Native American, Ravi Shankar, Tuva Throat Singing, and much more beyond the scope of this writing.